Nowitzki-less Mavs fall to FC Barcelona Regal; Bulls win
Posted Oct 10 2012 7:41am
Without superstar player Dirk Nowiztki to lead them, the NBA's Dallas Mavericks saw FC Barcelona Regal double their output in the third quarter, before falling 99-85 to the Spanish club on their homecourt, as part of the NBA Europe Live Tour.
Barcelona out-scored the Mavs 32-16 in the third period, turning their two-point halftime advantage into a 74-56, 18-point buffer with a quarter to play. A jumper by point guard Darren Collison had it as low as six, 89-83, with 3:09 left in the game, but Juan Carlos Navarro nailed back-to-back triples to double up on the Americans, 97-85, a minute remaining, putting the game out of reach.
Chris Kaman produced a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, while Collison added 14 markers and four dimes.
Navarro, who in the past had a short stint with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, and Pete Mickeal had 19 each to lead Madrid.
Over in Ohio, the Milwaukee Bucks notched a win in their preseason debut, drubbing the Cleveland Cavaliers, 97-80.
The backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 30 points and 12 assists, helping four other Bucks players reach double-digit scoring. CJ Miles and Kyrie Irving managed 34 points, but they were the only ones lighting up the scoreboard for the Cavs.
Milwaukee out-scored Cleveland 48-28 in points in the paint and led by as much as 19 markers.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Hornets' rookie duo of Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers continue to make heads turn, as the first and tenth overall picks respectively poured in a total of 35 points to lift their team to a 97-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Davis, who made the gold medal US Olympic basketball team this past summer, had 22 points, nine rebounds and a block, while Rivers stuffed the stats sheet with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The second overall pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was teammates with Davis in college at the University of Kentucky, managed just 10 points, three rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
In the last game of the day, the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls survived a squeaker against the Memphis Grizzlies, hanging on for a 92-88 win.
A pair of charities by Taj Gibson had the hometown Bulls up by 11, 89-78 with 3:26 left, but Memphis reeled off 10 straight to get within a point after a lay-up by rookie Tony Wroten with 27 seconds left.
Off a timeout, reserve guard Nate Robinson was able to draw a foul off of the Grizzlies' Wayne Ellington, and converted on both charities. Memphis then had three-point looks by Ellington and Wroten, but both were off the mark. After Gibson hauled down the second miss, he was fouled and split his free throws to arrive at the final score.
Chicago was led by the 18 points of Luol Deng, while three other players finished with exactly 13 points for the Bulls. Point guard Kirk Hinrich had five points and seven assists in his first game back with the franchise that originally drafted him back in 2003.